Posts tagged ‘Transgender’
Reported by Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com) | Thursday, November 1, 2018
“That means that the law [in Massachusetts] protects his right to be in that bathroom – and as the police say, per this new article in the New Boston Post, on ‘October 16th we responded to a call of suspicious activity at the Woburn Target, we identified and spoke with all identified parties, an investigation was initiated, the information currently available to us indicates that there may have been no crime committed,'” Beckwith points out. “Again, [this] article identifies the man in that women’s bathroom as an adult biological male who identifies as a woman.”
It is here that Beckwith says he sees problems.
“First, he’s in there to begin with and who knows what he’s doing,” Beckwith explains. “At a minimum he has terrified this 10-year-old girl – and fortunately she is safe – but now the police can’t really do anything about it. Their hands are tied because of this law [because] it gives him a right to be in there as long as he claims to identify as a woman.”
If the parents had complained to store management – and had management prevented the man from going into the women’s restroom in order to protect the privacy and safety of all its customers, Beckwith says Target would be susceptible for up to a $50,000 fine.
Beckwith adds that if this was his daughter and he tried to stop the man from entering the bathroom, he could go to jail for up to a year, according to the law that’s up for repeal next Tuesday.
The ACLU and Human Rights Campaign-backed Freedom for All Massachusetts says the law is about inclusivity and preventing discrimination of the transgender community. But Keep MA Safe argues that sexual predators can and will take advantage of the law, putting women and children at risk.
“We haven’t exactly gotten a fair shake when it comes to mainstream media,” says Keep MA Safe spokeswoman Yvette Ollada. “They are now editorializing and making things up as they go, or calling [us] to ‘get the other side.’ But really they just do it as a gesture and don’t even represent anything that our side says.”
Blog posts, press releases, and news clips have been launched from both sides of the debate in their efforts to raise more funds for their respective campaigns.
Reported by Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com) | Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The nation’s largest association of pediatricians has released a dangerous and misleading policy statement about transgender intervention, according to a cultural issues writer.
The recently released statement by the Illinois-based American Academy of Pediatrics supports chemical and surgical intervention for transgender teens. “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents” was authored by Dr. Jason Rafferty – who argues that “sex typically refers to anatomy while gender goes beyond biology,” and that “gender identity is more an inner sense of being male, female or somewhere in between – regardless of physical anatomy.”
Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute contends school officials and parents may be easily misled by the AAP’s report. “Anytime you have a big organization come out and issue a statement, it affirms this ideology,” she laments. “In the public’s eyes it says Oh – well, if the AAP says that, then it must be true.”
She says the American College of Pediatricians, a much more conservative organization, broke away from the AAP and its liberal ideology.
“The left will dismiss the American College of Pediatricians as a right-wing fringe group. They’re not,” Higgins emphasizes. “They were all members of the AAP; I think they’re still members of the AAP – they just decided the AAP no longer works for the health of children.” [Editor’s note: The AAP motto is “Dedicated to the Health of All Children.”]
In fact, Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, calls it a “foundational lie“ being perpetrated by the AAP and Rafferty that individuals have a “sex” and something else called “gender.”
In an article for the Illinois Family Institute, Higgins points out that fewer than 60 members of the 67,000-member AAP created and voted for the new policy. Most of the other members did not even see it, she says, let alone vote on it.
Written by Robert Knight – Guest Columnist | Tuesday, October 30, 2018
As Christians, we need to approach hurting people with compassion. But we need to oppose obscene developments like drugging children to delay their natural puberty in order to steer them into identifying with the opposite sex. That is child abuse.
The idea of two distinct sexes has been acknowledged as fundamental reality for thousands of years by billions of people, biology and every major religion.
The Trump administration agrees, which is why the Health and Human Services Department is circulating a proposal defining gender this way for purposes of interpreting Title IX of the Civil Rights Act:
“The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.” Further, the determination should rest “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
This means that when a baby is born, it’s still okay to say, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” without having to ask the baby which sex it thinks it is.
Unsurprisingly, the Trump administration’s straightforward return to sanity has triggered a hysteria unseen since a majority of Americans had the audacity to say out loud that marriage is the natural union of male and female. The dystopic left is apoplectic that anyone still dares to resist their distorted view of human sexuality. They know that most people know better but are afraid to say so.
This is about much more than some people claiming to be the other sex and trying with the help of the media to rig the culture and legal system to their version of reality. It’s a power struggle. The ruling elites aim to make us say that up is down, right is wrong, sweet is bitter and life is death.
Leading the charge, The Washington Post editorialized that the HHS proposal, first reported by fellow cultural Marxists at The New York Times, was a “denial of reality” and based on “warped logic.” Seriously.
Here’s more: “A brief conversation with a transgender person would cure most Americans of the notion that their expressed gender identity is a shallow preference, a phase or something other than a deeply held knowledge that their body does not match who they are.”
There’s nothing shallow about someone being so out of kilter with his own biology that he would contemplate surgical removal of otherwise healthy body parts.
The same people who accuse traditionalists of imposing their values on others insist that biology is meaningless. But just because someone strongly believes something does not make it so. Some people are afflicted with species dysphoria, in which they believe they are animals, a “non-human species trapped in a human body.” Are you going to believe them or your lying eyes?
On October 12, The Post ran an article by Josh Rogin, “Giselle Donnelly Can Finally Be Herself.” It’s about the transition of a 65-year-old man, “renowned national security expert, author and conservative think-tank scholar” Thomas Donnelly, into a transwoman.
After his first marriage ended, Mr. Donnelly met a woman who “shared a love of national security, wine, gender fluidity and BDSM.” That’s bondage, discipline, dominance and submission and sadomasochism. You know, The Post‘s idea of normal.
Mr. Rogin declares that, “One would hope that in 2018, even in Washington, most people understand it’s not abnormal that a person’s mental, emotional and spiritual being don’t align with their physical body. And society will eventually evolve to a place where it’s not a big deal.”
Giselle Donnelly offers this: “Living a normal life is in a way its own statement. I’m happy with that, because that’s who I am.”
There’s nothing wrong with treating people like Thomas/Giselle or Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner with kindness. We should all strive to live out Jesus’ admonition to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. But we need to oppose obscene developments like drugging children to delay their natural puberty in order to steer them into identifying with the opposite sex. That is child abuse.
Here’s a welcome corrective from Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who once favored sex-change surgery but now opposes it:
“I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment,” he wrote. “The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it.”
At the end of the cross-dressing 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, Joe E. Brown is driving away in a speed boat with Jack Lemmon still dressed as a woman. Insisting he wants to marry “her,” Mr. Brown hears Mr. Lemmon give a half dozen excuses until finally ripping off his wig in exasperation and declaring that they couldn’t marry because, “I’m a man!”
The cheerful Mr. Brown smiles and says, “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
No, nobody is perfect, which is why we need to approach hurting people with compassion while declining to become co-dependents in their denial of reality.
Take the global warming debate, for instance. One of the main arguments of the left has been that there’s scientific evidence pointing to man-made climate change, and we would be “science deniers” if we ignored it. It turns out that the global warming proof is more flimsy than they claimed, but at least they wanted leaders to make decisions based on evidence and science, imperfect as it is.
Now, it seems liberals have even thrown science out the window. Rejecting both evidence and common sense in favor of politically motivated pseudoscience, the left has been working overtime to push a different agenda.
No, not in favor of global warming, but rather transgenderism.
This push was especially strong during the last presidency. Even Newsweek recently admitted that President Barack Obama and his administration “worked to loosen the definition of gender,” and adopted an anything-goes approach that encouraged people to self-identify as whatever sex they wanted.
“A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth,” explained The New York Times.
The result? Gender debates became almost comical, with impossible-to-remember abbreviations like “LGBTTTIQ+” and nonsensical gender options such as “pansexual genderfluid nonbinary” being pushed as the new normal.
But the Trump administration may be pushing back.
According to a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by The Times, the administration is seriously considering defining gender in a much more traditional — and common sense — way.
“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,” the newspaper reported.
In simple terms, HHS is saying something that conservatives have long insisted: “Transgender” isn’t a definable gender, and you can’t magically switch your sex between male and female, no matter how many pills you take or invasive surgeries you undergo. One of the big problems with the Obama-era guidelines was that definitions were left vague.
“The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined ‘on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable,’” The Times noted.
Biology? Objective? Grounded in science? Gasp — how dare they!
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the HHS memo states, according to The New York Times, which has not made the full memo public.
In other words, you can’t just change your birth certificate to say whatever you want, or constantly invent new sexual identity terms. Call it common sense.
“The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with,” wrote The Times.
Unsurprisingly, mainstream media outlets rushed to paint the memo — which is still an unapproved proposal — as ominous and terrible for the estimated 0.6 percent of Americans who identify as “transgender.”
“‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration,” the scary-sounding title of The Times piece declared. Left out of that headline was the fact that the people themselves are fine; it’s the definition that is being looked it.
“Trump mulls narrowing transgender rights,” declared another purposely frightening headline from The Washington Examiner.
definition of gender take away transgender rights? The reality is that it doesn’t. Even if the memo’s suggestions became policy tomorrow, actual people still have the same rights they’ve always had. Men have rights; so do women. A person with one of these two genders has the same rights. We call this “equality.”
Further, the ability of a person to personally identify or act a certain way doesn’t disappear. If you go around referring to yourself as “transgender” or “Queen Amidala” or a “trans-species Velociraptor” that’s your own business. You still have rights. Just don’t expect official records — or medical experts — to back you up.
A 20-year-old can go around telling people that he’s 1,000 years old; he just can’t modify his legal birth certificate to say this or use it to go apply for senior citizen benefits. Regardless, he still has the same rights any other 20-year-old has.
The reality is that we don’t need ever-increasing special check boxes to define people if we actually apply legal rights evenhandedly. Your rights as an American citizen and a human being don’t suddenly disappear just because of a memo.
Liberals may be obsessed with special rights, but here’s an idea: Let’s try equal rights instead.
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A biological male competing against biological women wins the competition. What. A. Shocker. Who could’ve seen this coming? The answer, of course, is anyone with any sense. The shocking part is that this athlete was allowed to compete against women at all.
ClashDaily has covered stories like this before:
And this one where a biological girl taking testosterone to become male won a championship against other girls:
Just last year the Olympics set out guidelines on how to include transgender athletes into international competition, and it’s rather controversial.
Allowing biological males to compete against biological women in ‘women’s sport’ is perfectly fine says the new World Cycling Champion. As a matter of fact, Professor McKinnon is an ‘expert’ in this very field of study — the new world champion of the UCI Masters Track Cycling Women 35-44 is tweets, ‘I’m an internationally recognized expert on the science and ethics of transgender inclusion in sport.‘
[Editor’s Note: To avoid confusion, and to follow the Associated Press Style Guide for news outlets, Rachel McKinnon, a Ph.D. in Philosophy will be referred to as ‘Professor’ rather than Dr.]This particular individual believes it is ‘discriminatory’ to force transgender women to suppress their natural testosterone.
I swear I’m not making that up.
So, just say you’re a woman and stay a biological male to compete?
McKinnon is also an Olympic hopeful.
But right now, Prof. McKinnon is reveling in the rush of the win.
A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a women’s world championship cycling event on Sunday.
Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.
McKinnon, representing Canada, bested Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner to take home the gold.
McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter, writing: “First transgender woman world champion…ever.”
Source: The Daily Caller
Here it is, the pic with the gold medal:
Not fair, you say? Well, according to some transgender activists, that’s just straight-up bigotry.
Earlier this year, McKinnon and another transgender cyclist, Jillian Bearden, were profiled in USA Today to contrast their very different views on testosterone levels when including transgender athletes into sporting competitions. Bearden agrees with the Olympic guidelines that state that biological men with naturally occurring testosterone have a competitive advantage over biological women. McKinnon, however, says that subjecting transgender women to testosterone blockers violates their human rights and ‘furthers the oppression of transgender people.’
That is a level of insanity that is beyond words.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s look at some of Professor McKinnon’s words.
McKinnon says whether other competitors believe transgender women have an unfair advantage is irrelevant because she says there is no way to measure if such advantages even exist.
“This is bigger than sports and it’s about human rights,” McKinnon says. “By catering to cisgender people’s views, that furthers transgender people’s oppression. When it comes to extending rights to a minority population, why would we ask the majority? I bet a lot of white people were pissed off when we desegregated sports racially and allowed black people. But they had to deal with it.”
McKinnon says that it isn’t about what is fair and unfair in the rules — it’s a ‘human rights’ issue.
McKinnon, who teaches a class on ethics and inclusion at Charleston, cites the Olympic charter in saying that sport is a human right.
“We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society,” McKinnon says, “and not be recognized that way in sports. … Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”
Source: USA Today, January 11, 2018.
This is just unbelievable.
So, you can just say you’re female now — without any adjustment to hormone levels or surgery or anything and you’re allowed in a women’s competition?
That is insane!
Well, I guess we can kiss women’s sports goodbye thanks to the ‘inclusive’ left.
Where are all the feminists screaming about the ‘patriarchy’?
You know who else this makes me think of?
If only he’d known that he could’ve just identified as a woman and won every women’s championship, he might not have resorted to doping. Especially since a study done in 2017 appears to have revealed that the drug didn’t work anyway.
You live and you learn, I guess.
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Reported by Denise Shick – Guest Columnist | Tuesday,
October 2, 2018
A new law in California that’s aimed specifically at foster children ostensibly seeks to protect vulnerable children. But allowing 12-year-olds to choose their gender – which that law permits – isn’t protection: it’s abuse.
Caution: This article contains descriptions that some may find offensive.
Most 12-year-olds are just beginning to move past the stage of playing with dolls or Tonka trucks. They are entering – gradually and sometimes grudgingly – a new phase of life: adolescence. Typically they’re are on the cusp of some dramatic physical, mental, and sociological changes. They are just beginning to comprehend that they can be individuals, apart from their parents. But don’t throw away those dolls or Tonka trucks just yet – the transition can be long and complex.
However, if you are a 12-year-old foster child in California, forget the Barbies and the Tonkas, because you are about to enter the world of adult decision-making. Thanks to AB 2119 – a bill recently passed into law by California’s majority Democratic policymakers – children as young as 12 will now be able to “privately seek and consent to outpatient mental health counseling and treatment” that includes treatment for gender transitioning.
In other words, little 12-year-old Billie, who was playing with her dollies yesterday, now has the unencumbered authority to choose for herself to begin the process of becoming “William.” The state of California has granted Billie – and all other 12-year-old kids within its jurisdiction – nearly utter autonomy in their gender choices. Any adolescent need only convince a licensed medical practitioner that he or she is she or he, so to speak.
In broader terms, the new law – aimed specifically at foster children – ostensibly seeks to protect vulnerable children. It states, in part, “It is the policy of the state that all minors and non-minors in foster care shall have the following rights:
(1) To live in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home where he or she is treated with respect.
Who would argue against the rights of foster children to be safe and free from abuse? The problem is not in the law’s fundamental provisions: to keep foster kids safe. The problem is in the sub-provisions. Liberals assume that a key element in keeping these kids safe is allowing them to choose their own gender. But is an adolescent who still keeps his Teddy bear named Jimmy in his closet because he’s still transitioning from child to adult ready to make an irreversible, life-changing decision about transitioning from his birth gender?
Yes, these decisions are often irreversible. As stated in Protect Children: Vote NOon AB 2119, by the American College of Pediatricians: “The vast majority of gender dysphoric children affirmed as the opposite sex go on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are permanently sterilized as a result.”
Should a 12-year-old be allowed to make a decision that might cause him or her to be permanently sterilized?
Granted, some foster homes are less than ideal, and kids living in them need to be protected. But allowing those kids to choose for themselves – apart from the counsel of a legal guardian – goes beyond protection. And remember: this autonomy for adolescents is in a state where the public-school sex-education curricula offers lessons on “Improving Female Satisfaction”and “Postponing Male Ejaculation,”includes specifics on which lubricants to use for intercourse, and recommends the transgender-promoting book called I Am Jazz.
Coupling graphic lessons on “safe-sex” and transgenderism with laws allowing children to choose their gender – an often irreversible procedure – is not protection: it’s abuse.Children who are still transitioning from childhood to the adult world are not ready to discuss transitioning from their God-chosen birth gender to the opposite sex.
It’s high time that we – responsible adult voters – transition from office the “progressive” lawmakers who authored this bill and made it law.
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Denise Shick is the founder and executive director of Help 4 Families, a Christian ministry that compassionately reaches out to family members and brings understanding of the emotional and spiritual issues that families face when a loved one is gender-confused. She is the author of several books, including “My Daddy’s Secret,” “When Hope Seems Lost,” and “Understanding Gender Confusion – A Faith Based Perspective.”